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Terry Toohey

Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times
Terry Toohey

Terry Toohey has 30 years' experience in the newspaper business and also has hosted television and radio shows during that time. Terry has been the assistant sports editor at the Delaware County Daily Times in suburban Philadelphia for the last 16 years and became the Villanova beat writer for all sports, primarily basketball and football, at the start of the 1998-99 season. Prior to that Terry spent 15 years as the main high school writer for the Daily Times, covering football, boys basketball baseball and track. He also covered the Phillies (briefly), two World Series, one NBA Finals, numerous NCAA tournaments in a variety of sports, six Army-Navy games and the Penn Relays for the last 20 years.

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As Voted by Terry Toohey

Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times
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(###) Number of first place votes
RankTeamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Duke (36)14-11,5581
2Virginia (6)15-01,4734
3Michigan (9)17-01,4972
4Tennessee (13)14-11,4823
5Gonzaga16-21,3155
6Michigan State15-21,2926
7Kansas14-21,1887
8Virginia Tech14-11,0919
9Texas Tech15-11,1578
10Nevada16-11,01510
11Kentucky12-379018
12Marquette14-366821
13Florida State13-391813
14Mississippi13-2501-
15Auburn12-366911
16Buffalo15-162519
17North Carolina12-467812
18North Carolina State14-258615
19Maryland14-3412-
20Villanova13-4300-
21Houston16-138717
22Louisville11-5112-
23Mississippi State12-315414
24Indiana12-411622
25Oklahoma13-339423

Poll Methodology

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes noted in parentheses, are determined by a points system. A team receives 25 points for a first-place vote, 24 points for a second-place vote and so on through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.

History of the Poll

The Associated Press college basketball poll started on Jan. 20, 1949. The original poll had 20 teams, with Saint Louis the first school to hold the No. 1 ranking. From the 1961-62 season through 1967-68 only 10 teams were ranked. It expanded again to 20 teams from 1968-69 through 1988-89. The Top 25 began the next season, and it has stayed at that number ever since. The AP's final poll is released after the field for the NCAA Tournament is selected.